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Bag Buddy – “A Necessary Bicycle Accessory”

So, someone please tell me The Onion has pulled a good one on Kickstarter. Fixed Gear Girl Taiwan recently linked to what might be THE WORST BICYCLE ACCESSORY EVER Kickstarter page, except the Kickstarter refers to it as a “necessary bicycle accessory”. Please, please, PLEASE tell me this is a joke. I guess I could go on and nitpick about this, but anyone aside from the 100 self-hating, death wish people who actually backed this terrible idea know why this should never be put into production. Happy Monday.

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Commuting, touring, kid hauling, couriering, mechanic work, sales, advocacy, fixed, free—Scott has had his hands in it all over the years.

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  1. AlexJanuary 7, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Excellent example of a bad solution to a problem that’s already been solved (paniers).

  2. p.leonJanuary 7, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    The majority of the cycling community ports bags around on their handle bars. They also ride retail store full suspension mountain bikes with flat tires and granny gear on the sidewalk.

    I don’t see the outrage or even why this was posted to the blog being that there is a million other equally terrible products out there and a million other brilliant ones waiting to be shared.

    As a reader ,I much rather be made aware of products that are relevant and offer creative solutions to problems that most of us face on a daily basis.

    It is disappointing that things took a turn towards the negative here and as you see from “the mechanic’s” comment what that breeds.

  3. scottJanuary 7, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    p.leon – I dare say your statement that there are “a million other terrible/brilliant” projects is something of an exaggeration and I am always looking for legitimate advancements, which I have certainly given exposure to, the Torch LED backpack for example or the Nike 360 reflective jacket. Sometimes, however, it serves to add a little humor to the mix with projects like these. I mean, come on! Honestly, this idea is opportunistic and downright dangerous and I would hate to see it put into production, thereby legitimizing the method of riding with bags swinging from your bars.

    Again, we OFTEN post positive product ideas or cultural happenings on the blog, but as it goes with most things, the negative receive the most attention. Despite our differences of perspective on this one, your points are noted.

  4. Mike AJanuary 7, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    To be fair, these could be a cool “fix it” solution for people who maybe bought more than their bags/panniers could hold. Also in poor neighborhoods many people use broomsticks to help them carry heavy loads, and these little plastic dodads could help them carry a little more. Overall though it’s just one more piece of plastic…

  5. EricJanuary 7, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    1. So, if one’s first concern is safety, maybe one should start with a helmet and by riding with traffic, according to either common sense or the law on one-way streets and (never on) dense pedestrian sidewalks. Then one might think of engineering little lagniappe grocery clips. As safety measures go, it’s like putting an air soft pellet in your buckshot.

    2. The pannier comment has already been made, but I can make out with 3 or 4 days worth of groceries with my backpack or messenger bag. No more plastic on my plastic.

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